OURS Staff

Sean Burns
Sean Burns - Director, Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

In his role as Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships, Sean draws from a rich history of building co-curricular and community-engaged research programs. His own scholarship and teaching focuses on U.S. social movement history and the dynamic intersections of community activism, political education, and the remaking of the social imagination. For his course on "Social Movements, Urban History, and the Politics of Memory," Sean was awarded the Chancellor's Faculty Civic Engagement Award (2014) and the American Cultures Teaching Innovation Award (2015). He earned his Ph.D. in the History of Consciousness Department at UC Santa Cruz, and, prior to working at Cal, taught within UCSC's Community Studies Department. Burns' first book, a biography of Archie Green, was awarded the 2012 CLR James Book of the Year Award.

Leah Carroll - Haas Scholars Program Manager and Advisor

Leah manages the Haas Scholars Program and advises the scholars and applicants. She also gives most of the research workshops for the office and organizes outreach events. Leah came to the OURS in 2001 after having worked as a liberal arts college professor for four years. She was program coordinator of the Haas Scholars Program for ten years, then was Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships for almost four years before returning to her beloved Haas Scholars Program. Leah has degrees in sociology from Oberlin College and UC Berkeley. Her research, which holds great personal meaning for her, focuses on social movements, electoral politics, and political violence in Colombian war zones. Having engaged in life-changing research experiences, Leah is delighted to be in a position to expand such opportunities for UC Berkeley undergraduates.

Mary Crabb - Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize Program

Mary Crabb joined the Office of Undergraduate Research in 2009 as student advisor and program manager for the Judith Lee Stronach Baccalaureate Prize. In this capacity, she works with students interested in applying for the Prize as well as manages the selection and administration of the award. She is also the staff advisor for the two major campus journals for the publication of undergraduate research: Berkeley Undergraduate Journal, for research in the humanities and social sciences, and Berkeley Scientific, for research in the sciences.

Prior to joining OURS, Mary worked in the publishing industry in New York City and taught ESL in Guangzhou and Beijing, China. Mary received her bachelor's degree in English from Duke University and did her graduate work at UC Berkeley in the Graduate School of Education. Her dissertation research examined educational privatization in China and the growth of the Chinese middle class. Mary continues to be inspired by the creative ideas and positive energy of Berkeley students!

Stefanie Ebeling - URAP Program Manager and Advisor

Stefanie Ebeling joined the Office of Undergraduate Research in 2005 as the student advisor for the Undergraduate Research Apprentice Program. Since 2011, she functions as the liaison to both students and faculty mentors, and coordinates all aspects of the program. Stefanie first came to UC Berkeley in 1991 as a visiting student from the University of Hamburg, where she finished her graduate degree in Second Language Acquisition. Aside from enjoying her role of helping undergraduates and mentors connect, Stefanie is a bit of a nerd who loves to grapple with new technology.

Roland Fang - Student Assistant - Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships

    Roland joined OURS in the summer of 2016 as a work-study staff member focused on adminstrative support. He is a first-generation student enrolled at UC Berkeley, beginning Fall 2016, and will be pursuing admisison into the Haas School of Business with a focus in business administration. He looks forward to discovering the vast opportunities the university has to offer and meeting intelligent students engaged in research. His interests at the moment include watching sports, following news, listening to music, and spreading positive vibes. 

    Melissa Griffith - SURF advisor for social sciences and humanities

      Melissa Griffith is the SURF Social Sciences and Humanities Advisor and a Ph.D. Student in Political Science at UC Berkeley. She specializes in international relations, U.S. foreign policy, and cybersecurity threats. Her dissertation examines the potential for and diversity of cooperation between the U.S. and other states seeking to address the emergence of cybersecurity threats. Prior to joining the SURF team in April 2016, Melissa mentored undergraduate research within the classroom as a Graduate Student Instructor and through the Berkeley Roundtable on the International Economy. Melissa has lived and worked abroad in Spain, the U.K., China, and Taiwan. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from Agnes Scott College (2011) and a M.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley (2014). You may contact Melissa at surf@berkeley.edu or sign up for her office hours at https://www.wejoinin.com/mkgriffith.

      Alicia Hayes - Prestigious Scholarships and Scholarship Connection

      Alicia Hayes has been an advisor in the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships since 2001. In this role, she manages the scholarship selection processes for several prestigious and nationally competitive scholarship and fellowship competitions, in addition to maintaining the Scholarship Connection website. Alicia is also working to advance the professional growth of advisors as demonstrated through her work with the campus Advising Network Community. In addition, she is an active member in the National Association of Fellowship Advisors (NAFA) and has served on the NAFA Board of Directors and as the organization's Secretary. Alicia was the first in her family to graduate from college and holds graduate degrees in History and Public Administration. In her spare time she continues her involvement with students by serving as a mentor to first generation college students. Alicia is clearly passionate about making educational enrichment opportunities more accessible to every student she encounters.

      Justin Lopez - SURF advisor for math, science, and engineering

      Justin Lopez joined the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships in January 2016 as the SURF STEM Advisor. He is a Ph.D. student in bioengineering through a program offered jointly by UC Berkeley and UCSF. He graduated in 2013 from the University of Nevada, Reno with a dual B.S./B.S. in general biology and biochemistry-molecular biology, with minors in mathematics, Spanish, and analytical organic chemistry. Justin performed research in gastrointestinal motility disorders in a molecular biology and physiology lab for five years, while advising international undergraduate students in their independent research projects. He can be reached at surf@berkeley.edu. Additionally, students may sign up for his office hours at www.wejoinin.com/justinlopez .

      Hannah McCarthy - Student Assistant - Haas Scholars Program

      Hannah McCarthy started as the assistant for the Haas Scholars Program in August 2017. She transferred to Cal in 2016 as an anthropology major and will graduate in Spring 2018, with intentions to attend law school after a gap year. In addition to working for the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarships, Hannah is an intern at the Transfer Student Center and the secretary of the Anthropology Undergraduate Association. She is passionate about social justice advocacy, veganism, and disability awareness.